Avis Williams II

Avis Williams is the superintendent of Selma City Schools. 

The title of this article is short and simple but is also fully loaded when you consider the power of community. What does it mean to have a community? What does it mean to be a member of the Selma community?  In this fast-paced, global society, does community matter?

To me community means a sense of belonging and working towards a common goal. I have enjoyed belonging in the Selma community. For me this starts with leading our school district and working closely with our principals, teachers, scholars and families. I also love being a part of the Selma Rotary Club, Links, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Pre-pandemic, I visited quite a few churches and even served as the speaker on numerous occasions. All of these make feel a part of the Selma community. All of these have allowed me to work to help Selma embody the concepts of the Beloved Community that I have learned so much about while working with the Selma Center for Nonviolence.

Being a member of a community means making a contribution and sometimes even sacrifices for the good of the community. This can be done by supporting local health initiatives, not littering, mentoring a young person, and participating in public forums about topics of interest. There is no shortage of these opportunities in the Selma community. That’s one of the many things that I love about our community. There truly is something for everyone.

Selma is a special place. Being a part of this community means a lot to me. What does it mean to you? How can we make our community better?  I ask this because it is so easy to complain and to point fingers as to what needs to improve. This is not to say that your observations are wrong but can you do to support? Please consider this as we look to make our community better. Elected officials and community leaders cannot do this work alone. We need you.

I believe that community matters now more than ever. With that in mind, Team Selma will host community town hall forums and our 3rd Annual State of the Schools Address in the next few weeks.  Additionally, I host Talk Supt weekly and have an open door policy as it relates to community feedback. Email is the best way to reach me personally along with attending any of our forums or social media events. Thank you in advance for supporting our community!

In other news, fall is here! Flu season is around the corner and we are still grappling with the coronavirus pandemic. I am grateful that circumstances have gotten much better. Each week, we monitor the Covid-19 data to include the vaccination rates in our state and positivity rates in our county.  We also update our data dashboard and provide a weekly summary. Our numbers have been extremely low for the last few weeks. We will continue to share updates and please reach out if you have questions or suggestions to improve our communication.  

Are you fully vaccinated? If not, there are numerous opportunities in our community to learn more and to receive the vaccination which is the best tool that we have to diminish the impact that this virus has on the families in Selma and Dallas County. Booster shots are also now available and encouraged as we enter the holiday season. Check out our website and social media outlets for information on testing and vaccination sites in our community. We also invite you to join us in Doing Our Part Everyday. Stay safe and be DOPE!

For more information, email me at avis.williams@selmacityschools.org

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